Korea prevail in thrilling clash with Peru


Fans of all ages came to enjoy the trhiller between Korea and Peru

Lima, Peru, August 9, 2015 – Korea won a sensational five-set battle with hosts Peru 3-2 (14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14) in front of a full house at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Sunday night.

It was the third five-setter for Korea in as many days and both teams now have 2-1 win-loss record.

Ko Minji had 17 points for Korea, including the decisive one, while Woo Sumin and Yoo Seoyeun each contributed 16 tallies.

Katherine Regalado finished with a match-high 25 points, including seven blocks, and Diana De la Peña registered a tournament-high 10 blocks among her 16 points in the losing effort.

Both teams made 31 errors and Korea had the top hand in attacks 56-50. Peru led in blocks 19-7 and in serves 8-5.

Peru took early control of the first set and never looked back. The home girls led 8-4 and 16-6 before closing at 25-14 with a block by Guerrero.

Korea led 8-5 at the first technical pause and arrived at the second 16-12 thanks to the spike of Woo Sumin. Peru drew within one point at 22-23 but De la Peña crashed her serve into the net and Leyva’s attack floated long for the 25-22 score.

Trailing 16-11 in the third set, Korea won four consecutive points and came within one point of tying the score last time at 19-18. Peru reacted with spike and ace of Guerrero and closed at 25-19 with the block by De la Peña.

In the fourth set, Peru tied the score at 15-all with a soft touch by Abreu, but Leyva missed with her serve. Ko Minji’s two spikes gave Korea some breathing room at 19-16. Korea forced the tie-breaker with the spike of Woo for the 25-22 score.

Teams traded sides with Peru leading 8-7 after Regalado blocked Ko Minji. At 13-13 Regalado scored for match-point but Woo answered back with her attack and followed with an ace.  Ko Minji scored for the victory 16-14 for Korea.


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